Clipper Race Leg 4 Continues To Sydney
Published: Tuesday, 08 December 2015
As Leg 4 of the 40,000-nautical-mile Clipper Round the World Yacht Race continues, fleet leaders approach the 1000nm to Sydney mark.
At the front of the fleet, Mission Performance and LMAX Exchange continue to swap positions.
Having led a majority of the past few days, Mission Performance Skipper Greg Miller says: “Today has turned into a match racing competition between us and LMAX Exchange. This morning Skipper Olivier and his team came up on us from behind and then he tacked, so we tacked on top of him and covered him, then again tonight he tacked again and came below us, so I decided it would be prudent to continue to cover him.”
“We are currently side by side racing at around eight knots at a distance of around four nautical-miles,” continued Miller. “I reckon he has the same plan as me but I may just have to cover him if he makes any moves.”
GREAT Britain, just one nautical-mile ahead of Garmin, is in third place as these two teams continue the rivalry that dominated their finish to Legs 2 and 3.
Garmin has made much more ground over the last twelve hours managing 80 nautical miles to its competitor’s 48.
GREAT Britain Skipper Peter Thornton reports on the last 24 hours on board: “It's been good hard sailing. By that I mean changing sails when needed, helming to the feel of the waves and wiping the spray away consistently.”
Fifth placed Visit Seattle has taken a more southerly route than the rest of the fleet, and only 24 nautical miles separates Unicef in sixth place from Da Nang – Viet Nam in 10th.
The race to Sydney is expected to take around 11-14 days to complete, depending on the prevailing weather the crew encounter enroute. The arrival window into Sydney is December 12-15.
Crews will then embark on the second portion of Leg 4, which will include the iconic Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.